Faculty Development

Support Use of Sabbaticals and Other Professional Development for Open Educational Resources Development

Whereas, Curriculum, including the selection and development of instructional materials, is an area of faculty primacy under Title 5 §53200 and the development of open educational resources (OER) is a worthwhile curriculum-related endeavor that will benefit students;

Whereas, Assembly Bill 798 (Bonilla, 2015) encourages the use of OER, and zero-textbook-cost degree efforts are underway that seek to provide an opportunity for students to earn a degree with no expenses associated with instructional materials;

Professional Development College Modules on Noncredit

Whereas, Resolution 13.02 F15 states, “the recent equalization of Career Development and College Preparation (CDCP) noncredit class apportionment with credit class apportionment, the ongoing funding for student success efforts including Basic Skills, Equity, and Student Success and Support Programs, and the Recommendations of the California Community Colleges Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation, and a Strong Economy (August 14, 2015)  are all resulting in an increased focus on the use of noncredit instruction to improve student success and close equity gaps in basic skills as well as prov

Include Professional Learning Network (PLN) Resources to Satisfy Flex Requirements

Whereas, Many faculty are required to complete a minimum number of professional development or Flex hours each semester;

Whereas, The Professional Learning Network (PLN) is an online professional development repository that provides access to professional development activities offered by vendors like Lynda.com as well as resources that have been developed and reviewed by community college faculty, administrators, and classified staff that cover many of the same topics that are presented during on campus Flex sessions;

Mutually Agreed Upon Criteria for Setting Hiring Priorities Campus-wide

Whereas, The 2015-2016 community college budget included over $62.3 million to support the movement toward 75:25 and increase the hiring of new full-time faculty, and local districts and colleges are hiring new faculty;

Whereas, The proposed budget for 2016-2017 also includes money for new full time hires and making progress toward 75:25; and

Whereas, At some colleges there are no mutually agreed upon criteria to use in the decision making process for setting priorities of new hires campus-wide;

Hiring Culturally Aware Faculty

Whereas, The governor has provided $62.3 million for faculty hiring in California community colleges, which may result in more than 1,100[1] faculty hires for the 2016-2017 year;

Whereas, Hiring faculty who understand the needs and experiences of a diverse student body will positively impact student success throughout the community college system; and

Faculty Recognition

Whereas, Faculty continue to do exceptional work in teaching and learning, in instruction and program design, and in learning and student support services at their colleges in support and to the benefit of students and their communities;

Whereas, While the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges provides recognition awards to both part- and full-time faculty, the opportunities for faculty to receive statewide awards is first and foremost in the hands of local academic senates;

Using Anticipated Savings from Adopting the Common Course Management System to Support Online Faculty Professional Development Needs

Whereas, The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) has proposed that if the system could purchase a Common Course Management System (CCMS) for distance education courses throughout the state, it would provide an “economy of scale,” allowing this course management system to be provided at little or no cost to colleges and districts;

Whereas, The CCCCO is hopeful that a potentially significant migration to a CCMS would provide the system leverage to create or purchase a system that exceeds those course management systems currently on the market;

Faculty Professional Development

Whereas, The passage of Assembly Bill (AB) 2558 (Williams, 2014)[1] establishes a new structure for professional development at the California community colleges, creating a new Community College Professional Development Program for professional development opportunities for faculty, administration, and staff;

Professional Development and Part-Time Faculty

Whereas, Professional development benefits all faculty, regardless of discipline, position, or college;

Whereas, Professional development opportunities for part-time faculty can be limited or even non-existent in many districts; and

Whereas, Part-time faculty are able to contribute to professional development activities in many ways, including bringing a variety of perspectives and experiences to the college;

Professional Development and the Academic Senate

Whereas, The academic and professional matters identified in Title 5 §53200 include “faculty professional development policies” as an area that falls under the purview of local academic senates and by extension, at the state level, the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges;

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